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No contraceptive method works in 100% of all cases, but the morning after pill is very effective at preventing unwanted pregnancies if taken within certain time limits.
The effectiveness of the morning after pill varies depending on how soon after sex it is taken.
If you’ve had unprotected sex, you can buy Levonelle online from our online doctor service and get it delivered the next day.
Levonelle is the most commonly prescribed emergency contraceptive pill in the UK (it goes by the name Plan B in the US and Canada). It must be taken within 72 hours (3 days) of sexual intercourse.
The alternative is ellaOne, a morning after pill which works until up to 120 hours (5 days) after intercourse. Studies have shown that ellaOne is up to 95% effective when administered to women between 48 and 120 hours after unprotected sex.
EllaOne (ulipristal acetate) works over a much longer time period than Levonelle, but within the first 12 hours after sex, they are both as good as one another, so don't be discouraged if your doctor prescribes you Levonelle over EllaOne.
After the first 12 hours, the effectiveness of Levonelle starts to decrease while ellaOne remains 95% effective until you pass the 120 hour mark. To put it into context, when you have unprotected sex, your average risk of pregnancy is around 1 in 20. With Levonelle, this risk falls to around 1 in 40, but with ellaOne, it is just 1 in 50.
Emergency contraceptives are not 100% effective and there are a number of factors that can either weaken or inhibit the drug's action. These are issues you must be aware of whenever you take the morning after pill.
The morning after pill is known to cause both nausea and vomiting, which increases the risk of it failing. If you vomit before your body has absorbed the active substance of the pill, it won't work. If this happens to you, you must contact your doctor as you may need to take an additional dose.
If you vomit within 3 hours of taking either Levonelle or EllaOne the dose needs to be repeated.
According to some studies, the effectiveness of emergency contraceptive pills might be affected by a high body mass index (BMI).
The morning after pill should not be taken in conjunction with the following medications:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any other medication you are currently taking, before taking a morning after pill.
The morning after pill is not suitable for:
If any of the above applies to you, you should discuss alternative options with your health practitioner.
One of the major drawbacks of the emergency contraceptive pill, particularly when taken frequently, is that it may cause your periods to become irregular and unreliable. It can make your next period come up to a week late or early, make the bleeding heavier or lighter, depending on which time of your cycle you take the morning after pill.
Although emergency contraceptives are very effective in protecting against unwanted pregnancies, they are less effective than preventative methods of contraception (such as the condom and the pill). The morning after pill should never be used as the main method of contraception.
Sometimes accidents happen and you may need to rely on emergency contraception. If you have recently had unprotected sex and need an emergency contraceptive pill, you are advised to visit your doctor, pharmacist or GUM clinic without delay. The sooner you take the morning after pill, the more effective it will be. If you'd rather not see your GP about such matters, or if you're too busy to go to a clinic, you can order levonelle from our trusted online doctor service and get it delivered.
Our fast, convenient service is extremely straightforward
and you don't need to visit a doctor to use it.
You'll complete a short online health assessment and choose the medication you need. If you're unsure, our in-house GPs can also recommend the best treatment for you.
Our doctors will review your order, issue your prescription and pass it straight to a pharmacist to be dispensed.
Free First Class delivery is included and next day delivery starts at just £3.99. OR you can collect from any Royal Mail Local Collect® at your convenience.
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